UT Dallas McDermott Scholars

McDermott Award Qualifications

  Minimum Additional
First-time college freshman
New-style two-part SAT = 1490+
OR ACT = 34+
OR National Merit Semifinalist
Top 5%
Community service
Broad interests
Social skills with peers
Interacts easily with adults

Minimum Qualifications

  • Required standardized test score (one or more of the following)
    • 1490 or higher on the new-style two-part SAT (verbal and math)
    • OR 34 or higher on the ACT
    • OR National Merit Semifinalist
  • First-time college freshman
    • AP, IB, CLEP, and Dual-Credit acceptable
    • Current UT Dallas students or Transfer students not eligible

All McDermott Scholars applicants must apply to UT Dallas before Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Additional Considerations

  • A class rank in the top five percent of their graduating class
  • Long records of leadership in school and community volunteerism
  • Broad and eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts
  • Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers
  • Individuals who are dedicated to the pursuit of achieving the energy and wellbeing necessary to support a sustained commitment to balance, active engagement, and success in the Program.

Students who meet these qualifications have a stronger chance of being invited to McDermott Finalists' Weekend.

The program welcomes all majors. Applications are accepted from across Texas, the U.S., and the world.